Did you know Encino houses the “Little Italy of the Valley”? Probably not, since the motto applies to a single storefront: Domingo’s Italian Deli. Phyllis Domingo and husband Frank founded Domingo’s in 1948 and later sold the market/deli to Anthony Magnanimo, who passed the business down to sons Tony and Michael. Domingo’s is now the domain of Carlo Ghailian, who bought the business seven years ago. Throughout the decades, Domingo’s continues to make house-made bread, sausage, and sauces. These ingredients, along with a cold case for meat and cheese, all fuel sandwiches. One sandwich interested me most of all.
Spicy Dom ($10.49) features a sizable stack of spicy salame, spicy ham, mortadella, spicy sopressata, and provolone. Spicy giardiniera spread and pepperoncini dial up the spice even futher, and red onion, pickles, olives, and Italian dressing help to round out the texture. Tomato and lettuce normally make the cut as well, though I skipped roughage. Bread was the big surprise. I normally rail against ciabatta as a sub-standard sandwich choice, but not at Domingo’s, where the rustic house-baked bread has crackly crust and good chew. Sitting on the patio under a Cinzano umbrella, sandwich in hand, and cannolis in sight, it’s la dolce vita.
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